The Notedian Blog

Aug 25

A telltale sign of a true artist is always visible on his hands. He’ll have charcoal dust under his nails, pen ink smears on the side of his palm, or marker ink on the sides of his fingers. There’s no shame in these telltale marks. They are badges of honor for the artist who toils for hours to master calligraphy text, watercolor and ink, or colored pencil shading. Still, when it’s time to get cleaned-up, you’ll need a go-to method for scrubbing stubborn marker stains from your skin. Follow our recommended tips below by using these proven household cleaning products. Then, you’ll be...

Aug 22

Perhaps, as you work to master your calligraphy, you’re aiming for a very specific look. Perhaps that look is whisper thin, almost ethereal. While a very fine nib can produce narrow, defined lines, when your goal is to achieve the absolute most pristinely delicate lines, letters, and flourishes, you need a crow quill calligraphy nib.   A Brief History of the Crow Quill Pen The crow quill calligraphy pen dates back to the 1820s. It was deigned originally as a tool for lithographers and draftsmen who needed to create minutely fine, detailed lines and letters for printing plates. Its tubular...

Aug 20

As part of our series of colored pencil drawing techniques, we’re bringing you beginner tips to five more important techniques that will help you master this important artist’s medium. We’ll provide a brief overview of stippling, the back-and-forth stroke, hatching, cross-hatching, and scumbling. Make sure you don’t miss any of our colored pencil technique tips. Click here to learn how to master highlights and shading, click here to learn how to create texture, and click here for general best practices.   Stippling Stippling is the process of creating tiny dots with the tip of your colored pencil. To create a softer, less vibrant stippled area, place...

Aug 17

Ever wonder what gives highlighters, like the much-loved STABILO BOSS Original, that fluorescent, vibrant, jump-off-the-page hue? While we love traditional marker ink colors, there is something so impressive about the vibrancy of highlighters that always makes us wonder, “how is it made?” To try to answer this question, we’ve done some research to better understand exactly what highlighter inks are typically made of that gives them that transparent, but luminous look.   Typically, the main ingredients inside highlighter ink include a glycol solvent and water. A small percentage of the ink is made of a fluorescent dye or pigment. Some brands...

Aug 13

August 13 marks the 28th annual Left-Handers Day. This unofficial holiday allows us to pause and acknowledge the brave 10 percent of the population that set forth every day as a lefty in a righty’s world. Today we celebrate our lefty companions by curating a list of tips, tricks, and stationery solutions that are best-suited for the lefties in our lives.   Left-Handers Day was established in 1992 by The Left-Hander’s Club, an organization founded in 1990 that aims to unite left handed members of the community; make their views known to manufacturers; provide help, support, and advice to one another; and...

Aug 09

If feels like we live in a digital-centric world these days. Everywhere you go, you see people with eyes cast down, looking at their mobile devices. While the proliferation of mobile technology has changed the way that we interact, consume news, and share information, it has not completely eliminated our use of paper, as some predicted. In fact, our planet is still heavily reliant upon paper and paper-based products, especially businesses in the United States. The following statistics about paper will shock you, and prove that even in the digital era, paper still reigns.   According to Forest Ethics, the Environmental Paper...